The FAU football team is staying in Wisconsin following Saturday’s game.
After the Owls’ 31-14 loss to the Badgers, athletic director Pat Chun told Myron Medcalf of ESPN that the team will be remaining in Wisconsin because of Hurricane Irma.
The storm — which is expected to cause catastrophic flooding on the Florida coast — is set to make landfall early Sunday morning.
While the storm hammers Florida, FAU will be using the Badgers’ facilities in Madison. The Owls also brought family members along for the trip and they will remain with the players and coaching staff.
“Obviously, there is a lot going on,” head coach Lane Kiffin said. “We didn’t know if we were coming. At one point, I thought we weren’t coming. Our players didn’t want to come because there’s a lot of players not wanting to leave their families. You’ve got kids coming into the office saying, ‘Coach, I know it’s a football game, but I’m really the only one to take care of my grandma. We don’t know what’s coming.’ But there was a decision made to come play, so with all of those distractions, I thought the guys stayed together in a difficult situation.”
Wisconsin was also more than willing to accommodate FAU while they look to stay safe.
“I give (athletic director Barry Alvarez) credit,” Chun added. “Him and his staff made it very clear to us they would make any and all accommodations necessary to ensure that if the stay was elongated, they would assist us in any way possible.”
FAU is scheduled to return to action next weekend against Bethune-Cookman in Boca Raton. Of course, the game going on as planned will all come down to how much damage is done along the Florida coast.
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